Archetypes & Symbols
The Magician Meaning - Major Arcana - Ancient Alchemy Tarot
The Magician lives in the 10th house ruled by Capricorn, planet Saturn, and they’re connected with the 7th Chakra. It’s card number 1 on the Tarot Deck.
The number 1 is where everything starts; it’s the number of the initiator. It’s the one who possesses the secret knowledge and teaches a selected group of students.
That’s one of the reasons why the Magician archetype is an alchemist. Moreover, in terms of the Alchemy Tarot, it’s your inner alchemist.
I'm using the Marseille Tarot deck because it's the first Tarot that we know about, and it was brought to this planet by Nicolas Flamel in the 14th century. It's a tool of personal development used in the secret school of alchemy. If you have any prior experience with Tarot, I invite you to open your mind to a new way of interpreting the cards. Hopefully, this information will add up to your current knowledge.
Let’s understand why the Magician archetype represented in the Tarot is the alchemist. And what does it mean, your internal alchemist?
Magician, the alchemist
On this card, the central figure has one hand pointing up to the sky and the other pointing down to earth, holding a coin. It’s saying:
In other words, the Magician knows how to connect the spiritual and material worlds.
This card also contains symbols of the 4 alchemical elements. In the Tarot, each suit of the Minor Arcana represents an element:
- Suit: Wands → Element: Fire
- Suit: Pentacles → Element: Earth
- Suit: Cups → Element: Water
- Suit: Swords → Element: Air
Notice that the Magician is holding a stick; on their table, we have gold coins, a cup, and a knife. Water and air represent the mother (Yin), while fire and earth - represent the father (Yang).
According to alchemy, the marriage between father and mother occurs in the Crown Chakra. In other words, people who can unify Yin and Yang’s energies reach enlightenment. Enlightenment for alchemists is to become Androgynous.
When you become androgynous, your brain produces the Supreme Tincture (a.k.a. Red Tincture). Red Tincture is a hormone produced in the brain that is not known by science because very few people can make it.
Besides giving you a long life, the Red Tincture, also known as the Philosopher’s Stone or Elixir of Life, transforms you into a polymath. A polymath is a person whose expertise is not restricted to a single area of knowledge.
For example, Leonardo Da Vinci was an expert in painting, architecture, engineering, paleontology, botany, anatomy, astronomy, and cartography.
Magician, the archetype of mastery
Therefore, the Magician is the archetype of wisdom, creativity, and mastery.
The Magician knows how to make things flow. Notice that their hat is the infinity symbol - the symbol of Divine Fluency.
Also, in the Magician’s card, the stick seems to be a conductor’s baton. The Magician conducts the orchestra, and the orchestra is the 12 astrological houses.
To achieve wholeness, you must understand and internally balance the energy of the 12 astrological houses.
Connecting with your life’s purpose, you tap into your inner conductor. Capricorn is within you; the conductor is within you; the alchemist is within you.
Keywords: mastery, responsibility, creativity, wisdom, youth, fluidity, initiative.
The Magician is our guide through the Great Work of self-realization. Use their energy to flow in life with wisdom, creativity, and vigor to live your authentic essence and…
Let the magic happen!
Major Arcana Card Meanings Alchemy Tarot
The 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot represents the journey we all live. The card numbers are a logical sequence, and therefore I recommend that you study in the series from 0 to 21.